Press Review; The day’s top stories

Today is Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Here is what you need to know.

Court orders liquidation of Cytonn

The Commercial Division of the High Court in Nairobi has ordered the folding and sale of two Cytonn real estate funds’ principal assets in order to recover around KES 14 billion owed to over 4,000 investors.

The court remarked that the Cytonn High Yields Solutions LLP (CHYS) and Cytonn Real Estate Project Notes LLP (CPN) are critically ill, and the only logical solution is to wind them down in an order that currently leads to the auctioning of valuable properties in order to reclaim the money due to investors.

According to Justice Alfred Mabeya, over 3,000 individuals had put in excess of KES 11 billion in Cytonn High Yield Solutions (CHYS) and 886 others over KES 4 billion in the Cytonn Real Estate Project Notes (CPN).

The firm is owed KES 3.6 billion broken down into Cytonn Integrated Project LLP (The Alma) – KES 562,326, Cytonn Investments Partners 18 LLP, (Applewood/Miotoni) – KES 177 million, Cytonn Investments Partners Five LLP, (Riverrun) – KES 119 million, Cytonn Partners, Eleven LLP, (Ridge) – KES 861 million and Cytonn Investments Partners 10 LLP (Taraji) – KES 1.6 billion.

The judge stated in a CPN discovery about the deals that investors’ expectation for their money back is safeguarded by simple paperwork.

He said that CPN initiatives cost more than kes 4 billion.

The ruling clears the way for the liquidator to sell Cytonn properties in order to recoup the funds owing to investors, who have been complaining for more than five years about frustrations and delayed returns on their investments.

Ruto shakes up his government

President William Ruto has announced changes to his government in an Executive Order, including adding more responsibilities to the Prime Cabinet Minister, Musalia Mudavadi.

The changes made through an Executive Order placed the Prime Cabinet Secretary under the Executive Office of the President.

Mudavadi will now oversee the Public Service Performance Management Unit and the government delivery services, as well as assisting the president and his deputy.

Rigathi Gachagua will chair cabinet committees and oversee the implementation of decisions passed by cabinet, and retain his role managing relations between the two levels of government.

Justin Muturi has been named as the nexus between the Executive and the Judiciary, and a dedicated state department has been created under the Ministry of Environment to ensure a targeted approach to achieving the government’s national climate action goals.

The National Transport and Safety Authority has been moved from the Interior Ministry to the Transport Ministry, and departments within the Health Ministry have been split.

Chiloba was not gay, family

The family of LGBTQ rights activist Edwin Kiprotich Kipruto alias Chiloba has refuted claims that their kin was a member of the Gay Society of Kenya.

“We are perturbed with what we are seeing on social media that our son was involved in ungodly practices. What we know is that he was a servant of God and even locals in our village knew him as a pastor,” Gaudencia Tanui, a cousin to Chiloba said.

Gaudencia, who described Chiloba as a leader from his childhood, claimed that his death had exposed the family to issues that they never knew about him. She criticised the social media users for being insensitive to the agony the family was undergoing following the death of their son.

“Edwin was an obedient son who grew up in church. If you want to know more about his spiritual life go to St Francis Kimuron in Elgeyo Marakwet County where he was a renowned pastor who ministered to many souls as the servant of God,” she said.

The Fourth Year University of Eldoret Fashion and Design student was described as a polite, caring and law-abiding citizen by his sister Gladys Kiptoo.

On Monday the Eldoret Chief Magistrates Court allowed the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to detain five suspects linked to the murder of the fashion designer for 21 days pending investigations.

Rising tension between Governor Wamatangi and MCAs

Kiambu County Governor Kimani Wamatangi has denied allegations that he belittled a group of MCA representatives who held a demonstration outside his office, on Monday, January 9.

The MCAs claimed that Wamatangi did not attend a meeting with them to discuss bursary allocation and other issues. They also accused him of using his “Wamatangi foundation” employees to discharge his duties without consulting them.

“We did not ask him to be a governor. We don’t have to tell him that he is supposed to construct good roads, and hospitals and issue bursaries,” they stated.

Wamatangi has been facing a revolt from a section of MCAs who rejected half of his cabinet nominees at one point.

He recently pointed a finger at some county leaders who he claims are preparing for succession politics in 2027.

Safaricom to lose KES 2 billion by March

Safaricom projects to lose KES 2 billion in the financial year ending March 2023 after the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) cut mobile termination rates (MTR) by 41.4 percent.

MTRs are the charges levied by a mobile service provider on other operators for terminating their voice calls on its grid.

The rate was in August cut from KES 0.99 per minute to KES 0.58 per minute.

Now the telco, saw a KES 470 million drop in interconnect revenue during the half-year that ended September when the new rates applied for two months, expects the impact in the financial year to be KES 2 billion.

“Interconnect revenue has declined coming from the MTR impact that we have seen in the first two months of the year,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO at Safaricom in a call with investors and analysts on November 11.

“The full-year impact of MTR this year, just on a direct basis, which is the interconnect revenue drop, is around KES 2 billion.”


Football is back, government discusses next phase

The Kenyan government has agreed on a series of measures with FIFA, the international football governing body, to help improve football in the country, according to the Kenyan Sports Cabinet Secretary, Ababu Namwamba.

The announcement comes after Kenya narrowly avoided a ban from international football.

During a meeting at the Kenyan National Library Service in Nairobi, Namwamba said, “We have assured Fifa and Caf that the government has no intention of directly managing football…the government is only interested in creating an environment in which football can thrive”.

FIFA and CAF will also train and certify all teachers who coach football at primary and secondary schools in Kenya, as part of the agreement.

Arteta praises Nketiah

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Eddie Nketiah is getting better and better after helping the Gunners set up an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Manchester City by beating Oxford United at Kassam Stadium. 

Nketiah scored twice in six second-half minutes after Mohamed Elneny’s opener to secure the Gunners’ progression. 

It is now five goals in his last six games for Nketiah, who has stepped up in the absence of injured striker Gabriel Jesus. 

“He showed great composure,” said Arteta. “He’s a great finisher, with the timing of his runs as well. 

“He showed his quality and his work-rate is getting better and better. I’m really happy with him. 

“We have only one [striker] and to go many months before Gaby is back it’s not easy, but we have to get the most out of the players that we have at the moment.” 



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